As I sit in front of a computer with 437 emails in my inbox, I question the need for a plea for political involvement, because at least 437 of you are already engaged in the political process. And that’s just for today! However, I do want to encourage increased political participation, especially during the legislative session. Don’t know how or where to start? The ACLU’s Guide to Being an Effective Citizen Lobbyist is a good primer on how the process works and some ways to become a little, or a lot, involved.
Also, there are groups in the community who spend a lot of time and resources to follow the issues during the session they care about. It’s often helpful and informative to read the perspective of others, like-minded or not, on the issues. To that end, I’m including some of the groups who have bill trackers or legislative guides that may prove an interesting addition to the resources you already peruse. Some of these groups encourage public involvement, and many host events during the legislative session that focus on their area of advocacy. They would undoubtedly appreciate your participation, so reach out, become involved, or just stop and listen to what they have to say. You may just learn a thing or two.
**Please share tips on groups you follow to get information. Who have I left out, who is doing it right, who do you learn from, and who do you trust?**
This group of advocates were at the Capitol today representing the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council. They educate, advocate, and provide leadership on issues affecting individuals with disabilities. I have been able to work them on legislation and issues in the past, including a bill last year that provided workers compensation insurance for direct service providers.
Their biggest issue this session is increasing pay for direct care service providers. This hasn’t happened for many years and is critical for being able to employ and retain workers who provide direct services to people with disabilities. They know their stuff and are great spokesmen and women for this very important issue. I appreciate being able to spend a few minutes with them today.
We’re preparing for two Town Hall meetings this week. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss the issues and learn from you.
- Saturday, February 7, 1:00 pm, LDS Hospital North Auditorium, 8th Avenue & C Street. Senators Luz Escamilla, Jim Dabakis, Todd Weiler, and Representatives Sandra Hollins, Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, and Brian King and myself will all be in attendance. A real power packed meeting. These are primarily legislators from the area surrounding LDS Hospital in SLC and it will be a great opportunity to get a perspective on the issues from a SLC and SL County perspective.
- Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 pm, Bountiful Library. This Town Hall is hosted by Senator Todd Weiler and Rep. Ray Ward and myself. We all serve areas in south Davis County.
If for some reason you’re getting this email and you’re not in my District, you can check to see who represents your area in the legislature. Double your effectiveness by writing to both of us.
Don’t leave out the Governor! He wants/needs to hear from you too!